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Trending-Summer Beauty: The Best Waterproof Makeup

Trending-Summer Beauty: The Best Waterproof Makeup

Memorial Day weekend is a major travel time, with beaches, pools and parks being a primary destination. Along with water, sun and fun comes a little sweat, and what self-respecting beauty wants her “natural” glow to melt off in thermometer breaking temperatures? We know you don’t… So, as the makeup-a-holic experts we are, we picked […]

Makeup Review: Black|Up Mattifying Liquid Foundation

Makeup Review: Black|Up Mattifying Liquid Foundation

If you have oily skin, or just love a perfectly matte finish on your face, no doubt you are a fan of matte foundation. I love a matte finish when I’m taking photos–my skin just seems to look better. So, I’m enjoying Black|Up Mattifying Liquid Foundation for those occasions. About Black|Up Mattifying Liquid Foundation $41.50: […]

Trending-National Lemonade Day: 12 Lemon, Sugar & Water Beauty Products to Use Now

Trending-National Lemonade Day: 12 Lemon, Sugar & Water Beauty Products to Use Now

It’s National Lemonade Day, and how can we think about lemonade without thinking about Beyoncé? While we re not endorsing smashing the windows of your ex’s car, we do think that it’s a great day to explore the elements of lemonade — lemon, sugar and water. Pretty basic isn’t it? Well, we rounded up some of […]

Makeup Review: Black|Up Blush in NBL 08

Makeup Review: Black|Up Blush in NBL 08

I love a good highlighter as much as I love a fabulous blush. And, guess what? I stumbled on a 2-for-1 with Black|Up Blush in NBL 08. I was sent this blush for review, and when I saw the gold color, I thought I may have a problem making it work. But that is so NOT […]

Friday Find: Black | Up Blush in NBL 07

Friday Find:  Black | Up Blush in NBL 07

I totally believe in the necessity of blush. In this day of overdone contour and highlighting, a flush of blush can give you a sexy natural flush, without looking so made up. When it comes to standing out in the crowd, why not be the girl with the fabulous “natural” glow — not the one […]

Fierce Friday: Rihanna—5 Shades of Red

Fierce Friday: Rihanna—5 Shades of Red

From Hollywood starlets of yesteryear, to today’s pop culture idols of the runway and red carpet, red lipstick is eponymous with style, fashion and beauty. Red lipstick spells allure, glamour, sophistication, and oozes sex appeal. A makeup must-have that is simultaneously a trend and yet a classic, red is on the lips of women of […]

Manly Man: Yes, Real Men Wear Makeup…on Photoshoots and in Real Life

Manly Man: Yes, Real Men Wear Makeup…on Photoshoots and in Real Life

I remember doing  bit for career day in my daughter's second grade class many years ago.  I'm was a working makeup artist at the time, so of course, I had to showcase my makeup talents.  But to second graders?  Yep, out came the special effects kit.  Needless to say I was the hit of career […]

Up in Smoke: Rihanna—Fierce Smoky Red Eyeshadow

Up in Smoke: Rihanna—Fierce Smoky Red Eyeshadow

Where's there's smoke, there's fire. Makeup artists turned up the heat by engulfing lids in various blasts of red— crimson, scarlet and ruby— for Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. To successfully translate the flashy, flaming-red eyeshadow fad from the runway to real life, smoke it out for Fierce Friday. Reigning risk taker Rihanna often collaborated with […]

Get the Look: Taraji P. Henson—Classic Hollywood Makeup with Nude Lip

Get the Look: Taraji P. Henson—Classic Hollywood Makeup with Nude Lip

Taraji P. Henson was stunning in a snug red hot dress at the premiere of at the “Larry Crowne” Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Taraji was red-hot on the red carpet, but our eyes were focused on her makeup, which was done by celebrity makeup artist  Mylah […]

Fierce Friday: Get the Blues like Nicki Minaj

Fierce Friday: Get the Blues like Nicki Minaj

No, we are not talking about B. B. King blues.  We are talking beauty blues… It’s Fierce Friday!  One of the fiercest makeup looks I have seen of late is a blast of blue eyeshadow.  Beyoncé was working it on her Daze and Confused cover and Zoe Saldana was wearing a banging blue eye when […]

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